Thursday, April 3, 2014

True Altruism

There is a need for people to want altruism to exist, and Altruism and Prosocial Behavior: Getting By With a Little Help From Our Friends is an article that discusses and tries to prove that true altruism exists. The want for altruism, whether existent in everyone or not is an interesting topic, which is part of the reason why it was part of a discussion within a popular show, Friends.  This example starts off this article however, Dr. Hook goes on to explain the difference between prosocial acts and altruism which leads into examples.  She gives three examples of people, from Auschwitz, Air Florida Flight 90, and a story in Fort Worth, where these individuals took their lives for the survival of others.  After these moving examples, the article talks about how there is really no way to predict helping behavior, because it is all based on the specific individual.  Its funny how New York was 45% with how many people helped within different situations; I am really not surprised.  What surprises me is that people always want to come like in New York, “such a great city”, when in reality, people really do not care about other people.  I believe that there are people who do, and I hope there will continue to be stories about them, but New York is not the best place to find them.

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